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Web letter by Wayne E. Smith: Education agenda has strayed far from promoting a godly life

Violence in our schools and colleges has made tragic headlines in recent years. At the same time, homeschooling has shown great growth, and private schools have sprung up all over the country. We saw the need of a Christian school in 1976 when Lakewood Park Christian School started with 33 students. Today, with the Early Learning Ministry, there are more than 600 children on the 180-acre campus in Auburn.

But back to the problem of killings, violence, immorality, low graduation rates, academic failure, etc. Is the source of the problem guns and other external factors? I believe the real source is internal. The real source? “...(F)or from within, out of men’s hearts come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly (Mark 7:21).”

How things have changed in our institutions of higher learning, affecting education in our schools. Take just one of our most prestigious universities, Yale. The university began with its chief promoter, the Rev. James Pierpont, and the first scholars sought admission at the parsonage of Rev. Abraham Pierson in 1702. How things have changed can be seen in the books of two graduates.

The first book, “God and Man at Yale,” 1950, by William F. Buckley, gives the two basic ideas that brought him to Yale: “An active faith in God, and a rigid adherence to Christian principles as the most powerful influences toward the good life.” However, what he found at Yale were teachings and a culture that were hostile to religious faith. In fact, he found the university was waging an open war on faith and the principles of its alumni and his parents.

Turn the page 60 years, and it gets worse. A recent grad, Nathan Harden, who lived with great anticipation of attending Yale, tells the sad but true story in his book, “Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.”

A classmate of Harden’s was given approval to create an art object out of what she claimed was blood and tissue from self-induced abortions. Dressed up as sex education, Sex Week is a festival of sleaze, porn and debauchery, indoctrinating students into a culture of promiscuity. It includes screening in classrooms of hard-core pornography, and the giving of permission of sex toy manufacturers and porn production companies to market their products.

In one classroom you get a porn star stripping, female students competing in a porn star look-alike contest, and a porn film showing a woman bound and beaten in the context of “instruction” on how students might engage in relations of their own. How sickening!

Of course, many Yale students are offended by Sex Week, but according to Harden, Yale officials defend it in the name of “academic freedom.” But shouldn’t “academic freedom” teach the difference between art and pornography, moral relativism and objective truth? Of course, unless one believes the truth that there is no truth or is absolutely certain that there are absolutely no absolutes.

Of course, these things are not happening in many of our colleges, but something is happening to change the atmosphere of our schools. Begun on a biblical foundation, many colleges have departed from the faith of their founders and the “Faith of our Fathers.”" The pursuit of truth found in the Book of Truth has been replaced by moral relativism: No view is more valid than any other view, and no book is greater than any other book. So we have been led down the path of self-destruction in our schools and in life because we have not believed the heart of the problem is “that out of the heart comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,” etc., etc.

Unless we return to the Good Book, the faith of our fathers and a changed heart, all the laws about guns will not keep us from the path of death and destruction. We need to walk the path of a good and godly life.

WAYNE E. SMITH

Auburn

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